2014 Atlantic Winter Indoor Fun Fly at the Moncton Coliseum


Thank-you to everyone who came out to our fantastic mega indoor fun fly on March 8th, 2014 at the Moncton Coliseum! We had 37 registered pilots, which was down from the 62 we had last year, but everyone had a wonderful time.

Special thanks to Great Hobbies for sponsoring this event, donating prizes, being in attendance and showing RC pilots in Atlantic Canada that the company supports local hobbyists directly!

Also, a huge thank-you to Colin Bell for once again flying  incredible demo flights and helping pilots with advice and thank you as well to Amy Lockhart for providing support and flying at the event!

Thanks also to Alan Lee of KKP Printing for the superb printed handouts, pilot passes and posters!

A big thank-you to the City of Moncton and Nicole Myers for making this venue available to us again for this event. The security fencing this year was a wonderful addition!  The on-site team was efficient, professional and helpful in getting everything set up quickly.

Mario Richard set up a terrific obstacle course for the fixed wing pilots and everyone enjoyed it! Thanks Mario!

Finally, thank-you to Terry Gauvin for coordinating sponsorship and prizes and to the members for helping with the tables.

Make a Desk Squid!

We have all used the tiny helping hand with the two alligator clips and magnifying glass, but it’s often tricky to get the clips in the right place and two clips often aren’t enough.

You can easily and affordably create your own desk squid very easily. These helping-hands-on-steroids can have as many arms as you want, are incredibly flexible and can accomodate a wide variety of attachments. The possibilities are practically endless.

You will need:

  1. 1/2″ Flexible CNC Lathe Cooling Pipe. You can find these on eBay for approximately $10 for six 12-inch pipes, shipping included.
  2. A base. I chose a 5″ x 12″ x 1/2″ piece of oak because it looks nice, is easy to work with and is dense enough for accurate tap threads.
  3. 2″ alligator clips. I bought a pack of four from Home Depot in the electrical section for about $3.
  4. A 1/2NF20 tap and 29/64 drill

Assuming you have access to the tap and drill, the parts for this project cost less than $20.

Drill and tap the holes on the base, then screw in the flexible pipes. Insert the aligator clips into the tip of the pipe. You may need to enlarge the holes in the tips slightly to accomodate the clips, but you want a firm fit.

You can use any attachment that you can fit into the tip, or you figure out creative ways to attach just about anything you might need: a light, a magnifying lens, a laser pointer, a clamp – you name it.

 Desk SquidSquid Clips

 

FPV in Atlantic Canada

FPV, or First Person View, is a new segment of the RC hobby that involves using a video camera and video link to operate a radio controlled vehicle. This can include airplanes, helicopters, multicopters, and even cars, trucks, and boats!

The perspective is that of being in the driver’s seat and must be experienced to be fully appreciated. To enhance the illusion, there are special video goggles that place video screens close to your eyes so that you feel truly immersed. The first time I tried to pilot my tricopter using FatShark video goggles, I literally fell out of my chair and had to land and take a break before trying again; my brain had initially rejected the virtual environment being detached from my physical body experience. A subsequent flight was no problem, but it just shows how realistic the visual sensation of flying is.

FPV is first and foremost a visual experience. The flying is actually secondary to the visual environment you are exploring. Because of this, the traditional role of the club field as a designated place for RC piloting is changed. FPV pilots seek out beautiful places to explore from the air.

FPV involves RC piloting, electronics, software, amateur radio and videography. Because of it’s multi-disciplinary nature, there is a tremendous amount of information to absorb and significant complexity. Rather than jump into a full blown FPV setup, it is recommended that FPV pilots progress incrementally starting with a basic airframe without video, then adding a camera, then a video transmitter and ground display, etc. In this way, you can gain good working knowledge along each step and mitigate risk and costs. 

If you are interested in learnign more about this fascinating new aspect of our hobby, you can search for FPV on Youtube and browse through FPV related forums such as fpvlab.com or rcgroups.com (video piloting subforum). Please be sure to take the time to inform yourself through research before buying equipment.

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Indoor Season is Here!

Indoor flying started in October and is taking place on Sunday nights throughout the winter. For a listing of dates and times, please refer to our Events page.

This is a great place to fly small electric models in wind free conditions. New pilots will appreciate the simplified environment to learn how to fly without the added complexity of wind. More advanced pilots are on hand and are always willing to help with setup and to offer advice.

Indoor flying is the way to keep your flying skills fresh and to keep in touch with your fellow pilots during the long Winter months.

Any small electric and free-flight rubber-powered aircraft can be flown (up to 450 size helicopters and 16oz airplanes). The style of flying and type of aircraft should be tailored to match the pilot’s level of experience. Less experienced pilots should start with smaller, less dangerous models.

Many interesting and excellent performing indoor models are available from manufacturers such as E-Flite and Parkzone. Beginners should consider models such as the Parkzone Vapor RTF or Ember 2 RTF, or E-Flite Blade mCX or mSR helicopters.

ParkZone Ember 2 RTF

A current MAAC membership is required by all pilots who fly. A GMAC membership is optional, but is recommended if you plan on flying more than once ($50 for a GMAC membership, $10/night for non-members). There is no charge for spectators, so please come enjoy the fun!